There is no doubt that social media and the internet has changed the way we communicate and speak in our daily lives today. All one has to do to recognize this is watch an old movie or television show and the difference becomes very obvious. Social media has made the way we speak much more casual. The quote, “With the freedom to use the English language however we choose to on social media, trends are bound to appear,” (Foster) shows how speaking trends on social media will eventually begin to appear in the way one speaks. Some examples of this happening include changing the meanings of words, such as troll. Instead of troll meaning a strange fantasy creature, on social media its definition has now been changed to, “Troll, which is a term used to describe an internet user who seeks attention by making outrageous or unreasonable comments about something or someone” (Foster). Also new vocabulary trends on the internet have introduced new words that are integrated into our daily vocabulary, such as “selfie,” “fleek,” “YOLO,” and “emoji.” 50 years ago most of these words wouldn’t have made any sense in daily conversation. Also, with these new, casual words that are used more often than not nowadays, one must be more careful than before in settings such as an interview to avoid that kind of language. Another way social media has changed the way we speak is that it has made us speak less in certain social situations. For example, the quote, “These days, those with social timidity will bury their noses in their mobile devices,” (Sherman) shows how nowadays society is given the option to hide from the crowd instead of being forced to make conversation. With the option of just going on one’s phone and just scrolling through social media, there is more of an option to be socially distant in public settings which can result in social anxiety. Overall, the integration of social media into our daily lives, affecting the way we speak, has both pros and cons, but this is what society has progressed to so learning the new social language is inevitable.
Foster, Hermione. “How Is Social Media Changing the English Language?” Language Services Direct, 1 Nov. 2017,
Sherman, Aliza. “How Social Media Is Affecting the Way We Speak and Write.” Gigaom, Gigaom, 28 Apr. 2010,